Thieves tar­get tourists

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - CAL­LUM MCGIL­LIVRAY

Thieves are prey­ing on day-trip­pers trav­el­ling to stun­ning na­tive Auck­land bush.

Po­lice had re­ceived re­ports of ve­hi­cle break-ins at walk­ing track car parks in the Waita¯ kere Ranges, West Auck­land.

Se­nior Sergeant Richard Thomp­son said the Fairy Falls Track car park on Scenic Drive had been tar­geted by thieves sev­eral times over the past two weeks.

‘‘We have seen a trend of breakins in the area. Op­por­tunis­tic thieves have taken ad­van­tage of peo­ple leav­ing be­long­ings in ve­hi­cles in car parks and not tak­ing them with them.’’ Thieves were also tar­get­ing an­other en­trance to the falls walk on Moun­tain Rd and mul­ti­ple car parks along Scenic Drive, he said.

Po­lice said unat­tended cars and cam­per­van win­dows were smashed and bags and valu­ables taken.

There was also a worry for vis­i­tors to the walk­ing tracks that weren’t lo­cal and un­aware of theft dan­ger. ‘‘If you’re in the area make sure they are aware of the risk and take their valu­ables with them.’’ Thomp­son said po­lice would in­crease its pa­trolling of the ranges to de­ter such crime.

The sergeant ad­vised ve­hi­cles should al­ways be locked and free of any valu­ables. If you no­tice any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity call 111.

NZ PO­LICE/SUP­PLIED

Po­lice have had re­ports of break-ins of cars at the Fairy Falls Track car park on Scenic Drive.

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